Welcome to the Counseling Center
Welcome to the Whitman College Counseling Center. Everyone experiences times of change and stress in their lives. Sometimes that process is smooth and understandable. At other times it can be chaotic, challenging and upsetting. Coping with and managing these stressful times can be so difficult that it interferes with daily well-being. At times, it is very helpful to get the assistance of a professional who is trained to work with people in the process of exploring and solving problems.
The Counseling Center is open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We offer both in-person and virtual counseling services.
Safer Than Words
The expressive arts are “embodied” experiences. They are helpful in identifying and repairing the body’s responses to stress, trauma, loss, and overwhelming emotions. In this group, students will move between visual art, music, dance/movement, drama, and expressive writing to honor their capacity for resilience and personal strength. The expressive arts are effective for individuals who represent a wide array of diversities and differences. You do not have to leap gracefully or paint masterfully to benefit from this approach to therapy. Anticipate a welcoming and non-judgmental space to express what cannot be said in words. Takes place on Saturdays from 1:00-2:30 PM, September 17th to November 12th (no meeting on 10/8), in the Dance Studio at 16 Boyer Ave. Please visit the link for registration. Question? Contact Nick Duran Fair MS, MFA, LMHCA at firstname.lastname@example.org
DBT Skills Group
DBT Skills Group: Learn skills from dialectical behavioral therapy including: Self awareness, tolerating distress, emotion regulation and maintaining satisfying relationships. Open to ALL Whitman students. Friday's 3-4:30pm beginning Sept 23rd in Maxey Rm 108. More information here. Question? Contact Nichole M. Vernon M.Ed, LMHC email@example.com
In addition to our Whitman-based counselors, students have access to free teletherapy through our partnership with Uwill. Uwill is a leading mental health and wellness solution for colleges and students. More information on how to access teletherapy through Uwill is available on our Mental Health Resources page.
Mental Health Crisis
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, seek immediate help by contacting one of the following:
- Call 911
- Whitman Campus Security: (509) 527- 5777
- Crisis Text Line: Text "HOME" to 741741
- Trevor Text Line for LGBTQIA+ students: Text "START" to 678678
- Crisis counseling for students of color: text "STEVE" to 741741
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
- Walla Walla Crisis Response Services: (509) 524-2999
- Trevor Project LGBTQIA+ Lifeline: (866) 488-7386
The mission of the Whitman College Counseling Center is to facilitate student success through a focus on mental health and wellness. We assist students in identifying and developing skills that empower them to develop broader insight and create change. In keeping with the college's educational mission, we contribute to students' mental health and wellness by offering individual and group counseling, education, prevention programming, outreach and consultation. As a staff, we bring an array of expertise and strive to model the wellness that we encourage in others.
At the Whitman College Counseling Center, we view ourselves as professionals and perennial learners. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are a journey, and we are committed to creating a space where all people are welcome, and concerns are explored with cultural humility and sensitivity.
The Whitman College Counseling Staff recognizes the mental health system's fundamental failings in serving Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and all marginalized, vulnerable populations.
We recognize and acknowledge the impact of stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, oppression, power, and privilege. Our commitment as a staff is to embrace and support those that seek out ethical services from us. We take responsibility to educate ourselves and others about the multi-faceted aspects of mental health and wellness.
In our effort to provide resources to facilitate your success in college, the Whitman College Counseling Center staff wants to evaluate student needs and desires related to substance use recovery services. If you are a Whitman College student, please complete this anonymous survey. If you would like to connect with the Counseling Center staff, please give us a call at (509) 527-5195.